For all of the things Mike Glennon brings to the football field, most notably his arm strength and ability to see the entire field, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hoping that his greatest strength is helping to improve quarterback Josh Freeman.
The Bucs drafted Glennon (6'7", 225 lbs.) with the 73rd overall pick, hedging their bets that he can provide just the push or, motivation, if you will, to get the inconsistent Freeman to the next level. The decision to go quarterback this early in the draft, particularly with good players available at positions of true need, signals how serious they are about seeing Freeman improve.
While Glennon is a pretty good quarterback in his own right, having thrown for better than 4,000 yards and 31 touchdowns last season at N.C. State, he is still very raw and in need of a lot of work, particularly with his pocket presence, before he sees any real, tangible playing time.
That said, the Bucs didn't draft him as someone they were hoping could replace Freeman this year, meaning his role this year—and for the foreseeable future—will be as a clipboard-toting backup. That's not to say his importance is diminished, however, as clearly the Bucs felt confident enough in his raw ability to task him with the important job of helping Freeman become an elite quarterback.
For now, Glennon will have to learn the ropes of the NFL and what it'll take to succeed at this level from both Freeman and offensive coach Mike Sullivan, who also taught New York Giants QB Eli Manning, a two-time champion in his own right.
Barring an injury to Freeman, who is coming off of the single greatest statistical season in Buccaneers history, or mop-up work in a blowout, Glennon is unlikely to see much, if any, playing time in 2013.
But again, his greatest accomplishments are likely to come by way of Freeman, who the Bucs are hoping can finally get them to the postseason and show them that he is indeed their franchise quarterback.
In fact, if, and only if, Freeman has a disastrous 2013 season and the Bucs are headed nowhere fast can we expect to see Glennon under center next season. But as of right now, that's a bit of a stretch. At the very least, the Bucs landed someone who is potentially a much better second option than current backup Dan Orlovsky, and for now, that's a role that Glennon will have to accept.
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